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 Post subject: Peahen deaths
PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2021 1:51 pm 

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Hello everyone,
Over 10 years ago we rescued a peacock and two peahen. They free ranged on our 35 acres and roosted each night in a large tree next to the house. This three has bred out to eleven. We prepare a full range of recommended feed and fresh/clean water is always available. Over the last three years we have lost three peahen. No apparent physical injury. Last night we noticed one perched on a fence near the tree. Woke up this morning to find that she had passed away. We're heard that they need worming regularly so have been trying diatomaceous earth on their feed. Hard to worm with free-ranging. Maybe we could put something in the water. Worry though, because our two little dogs occasionally drink from those bowls. Also, maybe add shell grit to the feed to avoid issues with eggs. The boys don't seem to have any problems.
Really sad,
would appreciate any advice,

 Post subject: Re: Peahen deaths
PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2021 5:44 pm 
Clever Cockerel
Clever Cockerel

Joined: Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:53 pm
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Location: West of Bendigo
SusieK they are too precious to lose. They are quite susceptible to cocci at any age. The treatment is Baycox, it is expensive but it works. (Unlike diatomaceous earth which is useless as a cocci treatment or as a wormer. Up there with apple cider vinegar and other folk-story remedies).

Is there any chance you can pen them for a short time for treatment? For the worms, either Wormout or Avitrol Plus tablets by mouth - they will usually take them in a small piece of bread or a grape. For the cocci, if you mix Baycox in their drinking water for two consecutive days, no other water available, they are sure to drink from the treated container - out of reach of the dogs. Shell grit is best not mixed with feed, if it's available in a dish or bucket they know how much they want/need. Hope you don't lose any more - if it does happen maybe ask your vets to autopsy, they might be able to pinpoint cause. Or check yourself to see whether bird is emaciated, or possibly egg-bound. or possible eye or respiratory infection which would require antibiotics, again from vet to treat precise infection, not an "all-purpose" antibiotic.


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